Fast bowlers Adam Milne and Brendan Doggett played key roles as Sydney Thunder restricted Adelaide Strikers to 6-159 in their crunch BBL clash at Adelaide Oval.
Milne (1-6) bowled a record 20 dot balls in four overs at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, after going for just two runs from two overs during the opening power play.
He later combined with Doggett (2-21) to restrict the Strikers to 1-7 in their two-over power surge.
Doggett’s accurate yorkers were a highlight and he was on a hat-trick when consecutive deliveries on the toes trapped Ryan Gibson (22) and Matthew Renshaw (0) LBW.
Strikers batsmen Alex Carey (29), Jake Weatherald, Phil Salt and Travis Head (31 each) all made starts without cashing in.
Weatherald and Head were both run out in disappointing fashion at the non-striker’s end when Chris Green and Milne deflected shots onto the stumps.
Thunder quick Daniel McAndrew copped a nasty blow to his non-bowling hand while attempting a reflex return catch off Salt and left the field after completing his third over.
He returned after treatment and coughed up 20 runs in his fourth over to finish with figures of 1-53, while Ben Cutting (0-40) was also expensive.
But the Thunder have reason for confidence in chasing the target of 160 for victory, having belted a BBL record 5-232 against top side Sydney Sixers at the same venue two days ago.
Englishman Alex Hales blasted a brutal century and will open the batting again.
The Thunder will maintain third spot on the congested table if they win, while the sixth-placed Strikers can leapfrog their opponents if they win and also snare the bonus point.